Tag: Bangladesh

Higher Safety and Labor Standards Around the World Helps Everyone

This Workers Memorial Day, we remember those who have suffered or died on the job, and continue to fight for safe jobs and higher labor standards around the world. In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire marked the beginning of reformative policies for higher safety and labor standards in the workplace. The tragic event instilled change in how we view human rights, workplace fatalities, and safety standards in the United States. Even now, every day in America, 150 workers day each day due to job injuries and illnesses. This drives us to advocate for safe jobs and worker representation in ... Read more

Letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Call for the release of jailed trade unionists

Dear Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, On behalf of the one million active and retired members of the International Union, UAW, I am writing to call on your government to immediately release all detained garment trade union leaders and worker activists, and drop all charges against them. We are particularly outraged by the following actions: – In December, 2016 the police called a meeting in Ashulia to discuss the strikes. They proceeded to arrest strike leaders who attended voluntarily. In filing charges against these detainees, they relied on section 16(2) of the 1974 Special Powers Act, which was repealed in ... Read more